holiday gift guide for the favorites on your list

Now, I know we aren’t supposed to play favorites, but c’mon: We all have them.

This holiday season, I’ve been spoiling my best friends, the teacher man and my eight-year-old nephew (Happy Birthday, Jackson!) with the best gifts ever.

If you’re out doing last-minute shopping this weekend, pop into Halls on the Country Club Plaza to score a few special items for the favorites on your list.

halls kansas city holiday gift guide

Here’s my top five picks from Halls on the Country Club Plaza!

1. J Shoes, $185, on sale for $129

men's j shoes

I love a guy in a great pair of shoes. The teacher man just got a new pair not too long ago, but I’ve been eyeing these for a bit — look at the sale price! — and adore the mahogany coloring with darker shading on the toes.

These shoes seem versatile enough for any color and any style of dress, from daytime to evening. Did I mention the great price?!

2. Frye Boots, $348

women's frye boots

I have yet to add a pair of Fryes to my shoe collection, but these tough-girl boots caught my attention while perusing Halls. The distressed look + shiny rivets look downtown cool.

Pair them with skinnies and a feminine top for an interesting juxtaposition of style, or throw on your most badass leather moto jacket to keep the cool going from head to toe.

3. Darphin Aromatic Care Oils, $70 — $150

darphin aromatic care facial oils

You know that I’m obsessed with facial oils, and I bet that anyone I introduce them to will be as well.

For friends who prefer a high-end approach to down-to-earth facial oils, I choose Darphin, a Parisian brand that brings a bit of chic to the art of oil cleansing and oil care.

My favorites are rose ($70), chamomile ($70), myrrh ($70) and jasmine ($110). Other great scents include 8-flower nectar, featuring ylang ylang, patchouli, neroli, rose, ever-lasting and lavender essential oils plus jasmine, arctic cranberry, iris and date extracts ($150), niaouli ($70), tangerine ($70) and orange blossom ($80).

4. 74 Harley Street Necklace, $330

74 harley street necklace

Made right here in Kansas City, 74 Harley Street combines vintage flavor with modern pizzazz to create one-of-a-kind jewelry that just begs to go home with you.

I’m in awe of the beading — and quality of beads — in this statement necklace. The blues and turquoises look stunning next to the honey and amber tones.

5. Mad Pax Spiky Backpack, $65

mad pax spiky backpack

My nephew has a thing for Mario games, and I couldn’t resist getting this cool Bowser-like backpack for him to use on trips to Grandma’s house, school and maybe even my apartment some summer!

He’ll be opening this fun gift at his birthday party tonight, and a cool little kid on your list could be opening it on Christmas if you jet over to Halls to scoop one up!

So tell me: What’s on your last-minute, final weekend of shopping list? Who is the hardest to buy for in your family and circle of friends? Leave me a note in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • Uh I need those Frye boots. They look like they’re made for walking and will come in mighty useful in NYC :)

  • @gita yes! i will have to get them and walk around with you in february :)

  • I am absolutely IN LOVE with that necklace! So gorgeous!

  • @pemberley i know, i wish i could have taken it home with me. one day!